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Security and Safety


PGSD Security Team

Security Resource officers
Left to right back row: Officer Charles Dale, Officer Vincent Nicholson, Officer Kirk Pellegrin, Officer Richard Cowan, Officer Darius Wilson
Front row: Chief Calvin Hutchens, Officer Eugenia Marshall, Officer Maria Lopez-Ruiz.  
Security Resource Officers are assigned to all PGSD schools. Our officers are professionally trained and have previously worked in other law enforcement agencies. Their primary duties at PGSD are to enforce the law, act as a resource with respect to delinquency prevention, provide guidance on law-related issues, provide individual counseling to students, and to explain to students the role of law enforcement in society.

Our Mission

The  Pascagoula-Gautier School District and the Law Enforcement Department are dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure academic environment. 

Each and every one of us is an important part of this effort. It is imperative that a proactive mindset is maintained every day in our schools, and that students, staff, and visitors immediately report any suspicious behavior to the appropriate law enforcement and school authorities.environment. 

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District has implemented a system of safety measures in our schools that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Daily working partnership with local law enforcement, including the assignment of School Resource Officers
  • District-wide radio system to facilitate emergency communications
  • Access control system and protocol
  • Formal crisis plans at district and building levels
  • Monthly emergency drills

We are committed to ongoing assessment of best safety practices to ensure we are providing the safest learning environment possible for our students, staff, and community.

Useful Links

National tragedies can cause a range of emotion for both adults and children, such as feeling frightened or confused. From natural disasters to terrorist attacks, it is important that adults give children information and guidance on how to process and react. Helping children feel safe and secure and providing them with ways to cope is the most important thing we can do.

If you need resources to help you speak to your child about a crisis situation, please consider the links below.